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‘The language of the book is accessible to those who are not involved in education. The 14 chapters describe and evaluate the impact of OfSTED inspection, presenting the cases for external and self-assessment’ - Mentoring & Training

School inspection under OfSTED continues to generate discussion and controversy. This book contributes to the wider debate about the role and function of OfSTED inspection, particularly as it relates to school improvement and raising standards.

What do we know about the impact OfSTED is having on schools, particularly in terms of their development? Is inspection leading to school improvement? What is the impact of inspection on the average school? This book focuses on the impact of OfSTED inspection, and what happens to schools after their inspection. Does inspection help raise standards? What are the consequences of inspection for successful schools?

The Use and Impact of OFSTED in a Primary School
The use and impact of OFSTED in a primary school
TonyDimmer and JackyMetiuk

The OFSTED strapline ‘improvement through inspection’ appears to many teachers and headteachers to contain a paradox. In the first instance it seeks to embody the notion of inspection as an externally imposed, ‘one off’ scrutiny of what is essentially a moving target; the term ‘snapshot’ is often applied to this kind of activity. In the second instance it brings in the idea of school improvement springing from within the culture of the organisation, a dynamic element involving constant self-evaluation. As Michael Barber (1996, p. 133) puts it: ‘The most instantly evident feature of an improving school is that it is going places. It has a ...

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